“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk,O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance”

Psalm 89:15

There are many different calendars in the world today.  There is the Gregorian/Julian calendar which is internationally accepted as the civil calendar.  This calendar begins in January and ends in December and includes civil holidays like New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving as well as all of the church holidays.

There is the Liturgical calendar that was generated by the Roman Catholic church with the celebrations that have been embraced by the Protestant (Christian) church.    On this calendar are dates for the celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.  These celebrations were instituted into the church by Constantine in order to bridge the gap between pagan worship and ‘christianity’.  These holidays along with other ‘saint days’  like St. Patrick’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, and the Assumption of Mary were added to that calendar.  Today’s church celebrations, though given Christian symbolism, are nothing more than pagan-rooted holidays – golden calves honoring ‘other gods.’  Daniel warms of those who set themselves up as ‘God’ and change the set times and laws.

There is also a Biblical calendar.  This calendar was established by God with Israel beginning with the Passover in Egypt.  This Biblical calendar focuses on the festival days known as the Appointed Times.  These are the ‘appointed times’ that God chooses to meet with His people in amazing and prophetic ways.  The calendar includes Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Weeks (Shavuot/Pentecost), Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles.  It also includes the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) and Purim (Feast of Esther).  The Appointed Times of Yahweh are determined by the sun, moon and stars as He set them in place on the fourth day of creation for ‘signs’ and ‘seasons’ (appointed times).     Days are rendered sunset to sunset.   Months are approximately 28 days based on a lunar cycle along with the sin.  Years are determined by constellations in the heavens.